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ESPN's College Football Playoff Predictor Names 10 Favorites

Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.

ATLANTA, GA - December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

The 2019 college football season officially kicked off last weekend with a solid appetizer. The Florida Gators took down the Miami Hurricanes in an ugly battle of in-state rivals.

While fans were glad to have football back, it was just a taste compared to the action this weekend. Week 1 kicks off on Thursday night with a handful of games and carries through the weekend with Oklahoma and Houston on Sunday night.

Before the first official week of college football starts, ESPN released a list of the 10 teams most-likely to win the title.

No surprise, Clemson and Alabama sit at the top.

However, there is a very notable absence. The Ohio State Buckeyes are not one of the teams on the list, behind conference opponents Michigan and Penn State.

Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and LSU make up the top-five.

The full top-10 can be seen below.

ESPN's computer models suggest it could be a difficult year for the Buckeyes. After losing Urban Meyer and Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State will take the field this year with Ryan Day on the sideline and Justin Fields under center.

ESPN appears to think that won't be enough to compete for a national title. One of the favorites will be in action tonight, though.

Clemson takes the field tonight for its season-opener against Georgia Tech at 8:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.